Electronic Resources

Digital Collections

Clark County Historical Newspapers Archive

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The Clark County Historical Newspapers Archive is part of an ongoing digitization project that aims to make the Clark County Historical Museum’s collection of local newspapers available online in the form of a keyword-searchable database. Currently about 80 issues or two years’ worth of the Vancouver Independent is available online. We plan to continue to digitise the collection pending funding.

This project is possible thanks to partnership between CCHM and the Washington State University Vancouver Library Archive and through partial funding from the Joanne Galloway Charitable Lead Trust.

Note: Please be patient, as these are large files and will take some time to load. You can view entire newspaper pages or individual articles (the latter are smaller files and therefore load more quickly). Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome are supported browsers.

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Clark County Historical Museum Photograph Collection

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The Clark County Historical Museum Photograph Collection includes over 11,000 photographic images from the main photograph collection at the Clark County Historical Museum. The collection contains images from Clark County’s history as a community based on trade and agriculture during the nineteenth and early twentieth century as well as its growth in industry and commerce through the post World War II era. Other features in the collection include photographs of historic buildings, social life, notable families and citizens from the area and scenic views. Locations include Amboy, Brush Prairie, Battle Ground, Camas, Harmony, Heisson, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt and others.

This project is an ongoing collaboration between the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM), the Washington State University Vancouver Library and the Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC). Funding for this project was provided by Clark County’s Historical Promotion Grants Program.

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Vancouver Branch of the NAACP Digital Collection

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The Vancouver Branch of the NAACP collection featured in the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive (CREBHA) contains over 120 selected items from the collection including manuscripts, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings and ephemera that documents the history of the organization and its presence in Vancouver , Washington over the past 50 years. The collection highlights the organizations participation in racial equality, its tradition of community service in education, employment, health and housing and its ongoing relationship with city and civil leaders in efforts to address the needs of the African American community in Vancouver and across the nation. The collection features a number of programs and ephemera from community campaign, meetings, conferences and cultural events.

The Vancouver Branch of the NAACP Digital Collection exists thanks to a partnership between the Vancouver chapter of the NAACP and the Washington State University Vancouver History Department

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Mapping Clark County

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The Mapping Clark County Collection includes selections from the Clark County Historical Museum’s maps collection, aerial photographs collection and general photograph collection. Images include subject sections involving geography, aerial views, street scenes and transportation. The collection is intended to show examples of Clark County’s transforming landscape over time.

Mapping Clark County is a collaborative effort between the CCHM, the WSU Vancouver Library and WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC).

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Clark County’s Most Wanted

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The Clark County Historical Museum can use your help with identifying any of the unidentified photographs in the digital collections. Browse through the MOST WANTED photo gallery, submit a form with verifiable information and receive a free copy of one of the Clark County Historical Society’s annual publications.

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Research Tools and Indexes

Vancouver Area Chronology (The Landerholm Chronicles)

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The Vancouver Area Chronology is an index of local and regional newspaper articles from the years 1784 to 1958. The chronology was compiled by Carl Landerholm in the 1950s and then updated to electronic format in 2002. The volume includes an extensive subject list pertaining to local historical events and notes of interest. Each entry gives a brief abstract of the article.

PDF IconVancouver Area Chronology

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Research Box Search Tool

The Research Box Search Tool is a searchable index to a secondary source collection of research materials that the Clark County Historical Museum has compiled over the years. The research boxes cover almost 150 subject areas and include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, articles, reports and other information. The Research Box Search Tool is a downloadable file that you can access from home. Viewing these files may help you decide if a trip to the Museum and a physical search through one or more of the Research Boxes is warranted.

The three options below are provided for your convenience.

Research Box List PDF file. List of Box Titles. Provides a rough idea of the subject areas covered in the boxes.
Excel Index Excel file. Use the search features within Excel to search the fields of the index. Your computer must have Microsoft Excel to use this file.
Access Index Access file. This is the “complete” version of the Research Box Search Tool and includes the interface used by Museum staff and volunteers. Your computer must have Microsoft Access (2003 or later) to use this file.

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Youtube Channel

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Clark County Historical Museum’s YouTube Channel currently features the full length video of Vancouver Then & Now (in two parts), a photographic retrospective of Vancouver set to music. The channel also includes a video from Yes TV (Evergreen Public Schools) featuring the museum’s pilot education program, Artifact Detectives at Pioneer Elementary School.

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